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NIWA (Nunnery)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

NIWA (Nunnery)

by Takahashi Rikio, 1985

Garden in Kyoto

IHL Cat. #1692

About This Print

Another large print by Takahashi depicting one his beloved Kyoto gardens.  Perhaps an abstraction of Kyoto's Jakko-in Temple which has been a nunnery since the 12th century or just the artist's conception of a formal garden within a temple/nunnery?

Wall Card from the Exhibition Three Masters of Abstraction
Hagiwara Hideo, Ida Shōichi and Takahashi Rikio
November 3, 2018 - March 24, 2019
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
高橋力雄  (尼寺)

Takahashi Rikio (1917–1998)

NIWA (Nunnery)


Color woodblock print with embossing on paper 
Lent by Irwin Lavenberg, L2018.62.2

While Takahashi's images are abstract, his titles suggest a concrete subject. Here we see rock forms and an ice-covered pond in what might be the garden (niwa) of Jakkō-in, a nunnery in the hills northeast Kyoto that has been in operation since the twelfth century.

Are we looking at the gardens from above, or from an angle? With Takahashi, we can’t be sure.   

Catalogue Raisonné Entry

#427 - Catalogue Raisonné
庭(尼寺) [NIWA (Nunnery)]
須坂版画美術館収蔵 [Suzaka hanga bijutsukan shūzō, 
Suzaka Hanga Museum collection located in Suzaka, Nagano]
(Rikio Takahashi, The Woodblock Prints published by Abe Publishing LTD., 1998) 

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1692
 Title NIWA (Nunnery)  庭 (尼寺)
 Takahashi Rikio (1917-1998)
 Rikio Takahashi - Pencil signed by artist
 Seal none
 Date 1985
 Edition 24 of 50
 Publisher self-published
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent 
 Genre sosaku-hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 35 7/8 x 23 5/8 in. (91.1 x 60 cm)
 H x W Image 32 x 20 1/16 in. (81.3 x 51 cm)
 Collections This Print Suzaka Hanga Museum (Suzaka, Nagano)
 Reference Literature Catalogue Raisonné: Rikio Takahashi, The Woodblock Printspublished by Abe Publishing LTD., 1998, p. 168 number 427, color pl. 91.
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